Land reclamation is the process of returning the land to the state it was originally in, or a state that is better than its previous condition. To help protect the land, federal and state laws require that all minded land be returned to a useful purpose. Before being granted permission to begin mining, coal companies must have a plan for reclamation. As soon as the mining process begins, the reclamation process also begins. This process will continue long after the coal has been mined from the land.
The process of land reclamation involves bulldozers that spread topsoil (that may have been salvaged from the original project). The overburden of soil is always returned to the same place from where the coal was harvested. The topsoil is then replaced and the area is repopulated with vegetation. Reclaimed lands can then be used for parks, golf courses, and farmland. Some mining companies choose to leave the land as a wildlife habitat. One such area is a wetland situated in southern Illinois that now provides homes to a variety of native birds, fish, frogs, and other wildlife.
It is imperative to preserve the lands that surround us and maintain ethical building practices and standards to encourage others to build the same way. Maintaining the lands of the southwest area of the country is at the forefront of the Soil-Tech philosophy. At Soil-Tech, their specialists believe that the United States is evolving towards the focus of sustainable practices that protect and preserve the bounty of the natural environment. Soil-Tech continues to pursue the goals of restoring native desert habitats on all major construction projects in the southwest and the west.
From desert land reclamation to revegetation, Soil-Tech is the southwest’s leading expert in sustainable building practices. Soil-Tech even has a Native Resources Division where they began performing mature desert revegetation projects in the mid 1990’s. The division was developed after clients began requesting natural looking, mature desert habitats for their newly developed communities and projects. Soil-Tech meets the demand for mature desert revegetation by providing mature and vibrant dessert plants like Yucca, Joshua Trees, and a variety of other vegetation that is so paramount in the Mojave Desert. Soil-Tech has perfected the art of transplanting mature desert plants and creating natural desert looks.
By adapting their methods through trial and error in the harsh and water deprived environment of the Mojave, Soil-Tech has developed the top standard of salvaging, dust control, and reclamation practices. This commitment to ethical sustainability has poised Soil-Tech as an industry leader and leading expert in native habitat restoration.